Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

2012 Canadian Grand Prix

Start, Montreal, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Canada?

Compare all the drivers’ performances below and vote for who you think was the best driver of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Was fastest in every session on Saturday and produced two laps quick enough for pole position in Q3. Kept the lead at the start but had already begun to fall into the clutches of Hamilton and Alonso before his pit stop, and ended up behind both of them. Red Bull gave up on their attempt to finish the race without a second stop, allowing Vettel to recover to fourth.
Mark Webber – More than half a second off Vettel in qualifying, his biggest deficit this year, admitting he wasn’t comfortable with the car in the final corner. Dropped back from the pace of the leaders and lost time behind some of the one-stoppers, finishing seventh.

Jenson Button – Given his recent difficulties with the tyres, losing around 50 laps of running on Friday was exactly what he didn’t need. Scraped into Q3 thanks to Maldonado crashing in Q2, but never figured in the race and ended up a lapped 16th after three pit stops and no pace.
Lewis Hamilton – Looked committed and fast from the word go on Friday, but couldn’t match Vettel’s pace for pole position. A quick in-lap got him ahead of Vettel when he made his first pit stop, despite pulling out of his pit box slowly. Had to pass Alonso after the Ferrari driver got ahead through the stops, then pulled away into the lead. McLaren committed to a two-stop strategy which left Hamilton needing to re-pass Vettel and Alonso to win, but with both slowing on worn tyres they were easy pickings in the DRS zone, allowing Hamilton to claim his first win of the year.

Fernando Alonso – After the race Alonso said this was the first time the team had tried to win a race instead of limit damage – an interesting comment in light of how close he came to victory in Spain. He also said his 1’14.1 in qualifying was the car’s limit. Alonso started third and jumped into the lead after staying out longer than Hamilton and Vettel. Stuck to a one-stop strategy despite losing pace in the final laps – as a result he was passed by Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez and Vettel.
Felipe Massa – Carried on his improved pace from Monaco, qualified sixth and passed Rosberg at the start. But he threw away a strong position in the opening laps with a spin, and ended up last of the points-scorers.

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2012Michael Schumacher – Schumacher’s dreadful 2012 luck persisted in Canada. His DRS jammed open during the race – a repeat of a problem he suffered in qualifying in Bahrain. He was running a lowly 12th at the time.
Nico Rosberg – Lacked pace at the start and was passed by Massa and di Resta while Mercedes were preoccupied with saving fuel and tyres. Committed early to a two-stop strategy which allowed him to jump Webber. But taking to the chicane while trying to pass Massa on lap 56 cost him dearly – he was passed by Perez and the resultant delay denied him a chance of taking advantage of Vettel and Alonso for what could have been a podium finish.

Kimi Raikkonen – Did not reach Q3 after an hydraulic problem in Q2. Started on soft tyres and ran long but was jumped by Perez when they pitted, which also allowed Rosberg past. Had strong pace at the end but couldn’t pass Webber for seventh.
Romain Grosjean – Slightly quicker than his 2005 Canadian Grand Prix-winning team mate in practice on his first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Stayed out until lap 21 before making his single pit stop – only three to five laps later than the leaders – then kept his tyres alive until the end. Picked off the slowing cars ahead to finish second, 2.5 seconds behind Hamilton. The only blot on his weekend was another poor start, falling behind Paul di Resta, which may have cost him up to ten seconds and perhaps an even better result.

Paul di Resta – Ran as high as fifth early on after passing Rosberg. But struggled for pace after his first pit stop and lost out to the one-stoppers.
Nico Hulkenberg – Having been nine places behind his team mate in the opening stint he ended up following him home for 12th place.

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Montreal, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – Ran a similar strategy to Grosjean, making his first stop three laps later. Just fell short of pulling out enough of a gap over di Resta to come out in front of the Force India, which harmed his chances of finishing higher. He held off Massa for ninth place in a reversal of their finishing positions last year.
Sergio Perez – Sauber split their strategies, starting Perez on the soft tyres. He ran long and pitted a lap later than Raikkonen to jump the Lotus driver. He then took advantage of Rosberg cutting the chicane to overtake the Mercedes on the outside of turn one, before slipstreaming past Massa on the same lap. That left him free to collect another place when Vettel pitted and finally passed Alonso for his second podium finish of the year – at a track where he hadn’t raced before.

Daniel Ricciardo – Comfortably out-qualified his team mate but couldn’t make much progress despite a good start. Lost time with a late spin but probably wouldn’t have caught Hulkenberg and Maldonado anyway.
Jean-Eric Vergne – Said the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was his favourite track when playing the F1 video game, but seemed to find the real thing a tougher proposition. Was out-qualified by both Caterhams and picked up a drive-through penalty after “some sort of problem with the pit lane speed limiter”. Despite all that, he still finished five seconds ahead of Button.

Pastor Maldonado – Crashed at the end of Q2 while on a lap which probably would have put him in the top ten. Another gearbox change penalty dropped him to 22nd – his third start from the back two rows in the last four races. Couldn’t get past the Toro Rossos until they made their second pit stops and finished the race pressuring Hulkenberg for 12th.
Bruno Senna – Lost out to Kovalainen at the start then lost three places on the fifth lap, falling to 19th. Ran a long second stint on the soft tyres but his pace on those wasn’t much better and he finished over 50 seconds behind his team mate.

Heikki Kovalainen – Ran in front of Senna’s Williams early on but dropped behind after his second pit stop. Was disappointed with the car’s pace during the race.
Vitaly Petrov – Stayed in close contention with his team mate all race, finishing five seconds behind.

Pedro de la Rosa – Out-qualified both Marussias for the first time this year but retired on lap 25 with brake trouble.
Narain Karthikeyan – Retired two laps before his team mate with the same problem.

Timo Glock – Struggled in the race with a loss of power, high tyre degradation and finally a brake problem which put him out.
Charles Pic – His nearest opponents all dropped out with brake trouble leaving him to finish two minutes behind the Caterhams.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.562s 69/70 2 4th -7.79s
Mark Webber 4th +0.562s 1/70 2 7th +7.79s
Jenson Button 10th +1.095s 0/69 3 16th Not on same lap
Lewis Hamilton 2nd -1.095s 69/69 2 1st Not on same lap
Fernando Alonso 3rd -0.314s 70/70 1 5th -11.861s
Felipe Massa 6th +0.314s 0/70 2 10th +11.861s
Michael Schumacher 9th +0.401s 0/43 2
Nico Rosberg 5th -0.401s 43/43 2 6th
Kimi Raikkonen 12th +0.107s 19/70 1 8th +13.054s
Romain Grosjean 7th -0.107s 51/70 1 2nd -13.054s
Paul di Resta 8th -0.109s 62/70 2 11th -8.543s
Nico Hulkenberg 13th +0.109s 8/70 2 12th +8.543s
Kamui Kobayashi 11th -0.468s 23/70 1 9th +19.172s
Sergio Perez 15th +0.468s 47/70 1 3rd -19.172s
Daniel Ricciardo 14th -1.05s 57/69 2 14th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 19th +1.05s 12/69 2 15th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 22nd +0.061s 65/69 1 13th Not on same lap
Bruno Senna 16th -0.061s 4/69 1 17th Not on same lap
Heikki Kovalainen 17th -0.219s 66/69 2 18th -4.597s
Vitaly Petrov 18th +0.219s 3/69 2 19th +4.597s
Pedro de la Rosa 20th -0.838s 22/22 0
Narain Karthikeyan 24th +0.838s 0/22 0
Timo Glock 21st -0.354s 20/56 1
Charles Pic 23rd +0.354s 36/56 1 20th

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (59%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (3%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (15%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (19%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (2%)

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117 comments on Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

  1. disgruntled said on 12th June 2012, 1:47

    Button is the new Massa

  2. rantingmrp (@rantingmrp) said on 12th June 2012, 4:47

    Lewis. Easily.

  3. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 12th June 2012, 10:19

    Very easy and obvious, it is Hamilton. Canada 2012 reminds me of Germany 2011 where Hamilton, Alonso and a Redbull were so close and fighting all race and Hamilton came out on top and with some stylish moves on Redbull of Mark Webber and Alonso. When cars are closer pace wise, best drivers rise to to the top and we have seen Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel again fighting for the top position. I also believe the trio were very equally matched on Sunday pace wise and it is wrong to suggest Hamilton was faster, it is just that Alonso and Vettel were thinking of doing 1 stop and so were not pushing as much as Hamilton, meanwhile Hamilton’s strategy was clear all race that he will do a 2 stopper and so took everything out of the tyres in the stints. Great Great job Hamilton and he proves again and again in China 2011, Germany 2011 and now Canada 2011 that he is one of the very few who are capable of such stylish wins.

  4. PJA (@pja) said on 12th June 2012, 12:46

    My top three drivers of the weekend were the three drivers on the podium Hamilton, Grosjean and Perez, but which order to rank them?

    We all know how good Hamilton at Montreal, the only real surprise to me was that he wasn’t closer to Vettel in qualifying. I know some have said it was inevitable that Hamilton would catch and pass Alonso and Vettel when it became obvious what was happening on the strategy side, but he still had to it.

    Ideally that is similar to how I would like the tyres to be overall, but a bit closer at the end, nurse the tyres on a one stop or have an extra stop and go flat out.

    Grosjean out qualified Raikkonen, although Raikkonen did have car problems in qualifying, and had an impressive race, I didn’t realise until the post race analysis that he only did one stop the way he caught Alonso and Vettel, I assumed he was on the same strategy as Hamilton and the second stop just hadn’t been included in the BBC highlights.

    The fact that Perez managed to make the one stop work doesn’t surprise me as he has form in this area, and while he put in a great performance during the race I don’t think his qualifying was as good.

    In the end I chose Grosjean as my driver of the weekend, partly because his overall performance was the one I was most surprised by.

  5. Javier (@f1karting) said on 12th June 2012, 16:14

    Every team has strong and weak points. A driver and his engineer must have the wisdom to accept this and focus on both. Every racetrack is different. You can work the setup for every race, but there is a limit to it for every car. Perez worked all night with his team to overcome a terrible configuration that kept him out of Q3. Based on all the data they were able to collect, they fixed the setup and decided from the beginning to go for a one stop strategy. Alonso and Sebastian played it by ear, not by strategy. Taking all these elements into account, and considering what a mindset you need to have to start in the 15th and work your way one car at a time; managing his tires to give it all in the last laps, and achieve more than one fastest lap, my vote goes to Perez. The best driver is not the one that gets the most of the best car, but the one that recognizes its limitations. Perez played it with his brain for most of the race but had the guts when he needed to climb to 5th and made some risky moves.

  6. Eric (@fletch) said on 12th June 2012, 20:25

    Well from where i was sitting with a great view of the hairpin, Perez was my guy for the weekend. He was the most aggressive at the braking point of anyone throughout the weekend and seemed to have the track well figured out. I was very impressed with how he was able to carry that car to the finish.
    Super happy for Lewis and Grosjean too.
    I couldn’t believe Seb and Alonso didn’t pit for the second time, it seemed to me that the way they were pushing that there was no way that those tires were going to make it all the way. Further, had they pitted there was a strong chance IMO that they could have got Lewis in the end as he was locking the left front at the entrance of the hairpin nearly every lap, that tire must have been totally buggered! Plus Vettel’s pace in Q3 showed that his car was better on low fuel.
    Ballsy move on the part of Ferrari and RB but the strategy still makes no sense to me…
    Oh and the HRT’s were definitely going to blow the brakes up, they were so red up front all weekend compared to everyone else. The front rotors looked smaller too???

    Such a wicked race, what a great weekend!!!

  7. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 13th June 2012, 10:27

    Only Lewis!.-) Has to be him! Congrats for this brilliant win!

  8. F1_Americana (@f1americana) said on 13th June 2012, 18:00

    Gotta be Hamilton. Finally his good qualifying pays off. It would be easy to pick Grosjean and Perez, but I believe being “kind” to your tires is at least 50% of what makes a good car this year, and in that respect, the Lotus and Sauber seem every bit as good as the McLaren.

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